FBI Viewing Mall Attack As A Potential Act Of Terrorism

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) — The FBI is looking into Saturday’s attack at a St. Cloud mall as a potential act of terrorism.

A man carrying a knife stabbed nine people at Crossroads Center Saturday night. The attack lasted five minutes and ended when an off-duty police officer shot and killed the man.

Investigators are calling Avon police officer Jason Falconer a hero for what he did. Falconer was off-duty last night and shopping at the mall.

Police say when the attacker lunged at Falconer with a knife, he fired his gun until the man did not get back up.

A source tells WCCO the suspect is 22-year-old Dahir Adan, and that he attended St. Cloud State University. Police say they executed two search warrants at two apartments in St. Cloud after the attack. They also found Adan’s car, which was cleared and impounded.

But they did not find a manifesto or anything in writing indicating the suspect’s motive.

On Sunday, an Islamic State-run news agency claimed the attacker was a quote “soldier of the Islamic State.” It’s not clear if the group had planned an attack or even knew about it beforehand.

Saturday night, just after 8 p.m., police surrounded Crossroads Center answering a call for help. Inside was a chaotic scene after a man with a knife arrived ready to cause harm.

“Individual entered south east side of the Crossroads Mall on Division Street and attacked nine people,” St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson said.

The stabbing victims range in age from 15 to 50, a seemingly random attack were it not for a reference to religion.

“There was at least one victim asked if they were Muslim,” Anderson said.

“We are currently investigating this as potential act of terrorism,” Richard Thornton with the FBI said.

The assault continued through the mall, eventually ending in the Macy’s after an encounter with off-duty Avon police officer, who ultimately shot and killed the man.

“You saw him lunge at the police officer, the officer fired a round, few round. You see him fall and then you see him get back up. Again fired upon you see him fall, you see him get up three times,” St. Cloud Mayor David Kleis said.

Five minutes after it started, the attack was over but for law enforcement both on the local and federal level, the investigation was just beginning.

“This is a fluid situation and will continue to evolve,” Thornton said.

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One Comment

  1. Tony Clifton says:

    Nothing to be alarmed about, folks. Its just your every day mass muder attempt we Minnesotan’s, are accustomed to.

  2. memphisgrass says:

    What do you know. The Terrorist is a Somalian Jhidist. Soon the state will be sentencing 6 Somalian terrorists from last year and now we have another Somalian terrorists.

    Minnesota is filled with Jhidist in the Somalian community.

  3. Donald Roberts says:

    FBI agent in charge will have to find a Somali to testify for $100,000 fee that this guy was a terrorist. A terrorist act, one guy with a knife! Only in Minnesota. How many terrorist attacks have that scenario? Get real….they blow up people, not stab them. And of course ISIS will take credit for it, why wouldn’t they? They take credit for nearly anything.

  4. Dan Mack says:

    You may thank the DFl in the Socialist village. The black Somali diversity terrorists make a valuable contribution to the quality of life here in the Village. We need more of them. Just ask our leaders, Husein Obama, Hillary, Mark Dayton, Keith Ellison, Bobby Joe Champion, Jeff Hayden, and Amy, Mayor Betsy has promised that her black husband on the Met Council, appointed by Dayton, will be rushing replacement terrorists to St Cloud in the morning. All is well in the Village.

  5. ct says:

    A Muslim man, identified as Dahir Adan, dressed in a security guard uniform stabbed nine people at a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He reportedly praised Allah and asked one of the injured if they were Muslim before he stabbed them. An off-duty police officer was able to shoot and kill Adan before he could injure anyone else. Leaders within the Somali-American community in St. Cloud identified the attacker and made the statement below. ISIS took credit for the attack.

  6. BigShot says:

    Are we not sure if this was workplace violence? He was wearing a security guards uniform. If he was on the job while doing this, it is workplace violence. Make sure to thank a liberal today.

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